Mail Call and Miscellany

Let’s review.Mea culpa, y’all. I have been remiss in sharing a few of the goodies that arrived at my door over the past few weeks. Let’s start with the new books and wind up with a couple of gifts.

I’m not sure how, but I was able to find the somewhat elusive Volume 3 of [...]

Karen See, Karen Do

This week’s thunderstorms and tornadoes (and the resulting power loss) showed me that I had a few kinks in my emergency system. For one, I had no cooler to load with ice and possibly save the contents of my refrigerator. A trip to Target was in order.

Now, I do not frequent Target. Nothing against [...]

Speed

I was just cruising along on the Moderne baby blanket, absolutely determined to hit the finish line this weekend. Sometimes, in a rush to complete a project, you consciously or unconsciously overlook things that are less than quality. “Oh, I can block that into shape. It won’t be a problem.” You know what they say [...]

Something Is Afoot

Hail, hallelujah and a chorus of angels! I have finally finished something after a what? Three, four month drought? It’s a good thing you don’t stop by here for the finished items as a good friend recently said because you’d be darn thirsty.

In any event, I thought I’d start small and achievable as I [...]

A Weak Excuse

What do a partial Monkey number 2, the beginning of another sock and about 5 inches of a red raglan cropped sweater all have in common?

They all spell a weak excuse for at least two weeks worth of knitting. Sure, I started new projects despite my protestations on too many WIPs which, by the [...]

The Siberian Express Cometh!

If you live anywhere in the midsection of North America, you’d best pull out all your woolly gear and bundle up, because the frigid cold winds of the Siberian Express are here.

I heard them whistle into Chicago last night as my neighbor’s giant wheeled trash cans were tossed about his yard. I heard them [...]

Home Improvement

Aside from a little spiff-up at Chez Métier, my body also continues its quest for self-improvement. Of course, when I think of it, none of this would have been possible without my caretaker’s hands.

These hands support me as I sit or stand. These hands cook and clean for me. These hands change the dressing [...]

Foliage, Part 2 and a Birthday

I wanted to thank you guys for your support in my quest for a physician who’ll work with me on this shoulder thing. Sorry for the vitriol of the post itself, but I’m not sorry about the hat that came out of it! Speaking of my version of Foliage, a number of you asked for [...]

No Knitting, But One Amazing Cat!

I’ve been sneaking a few rows in here and there but still nothing significant to show here: a partial sleeve, a baby hat awaiting matching socks. The usual slow-knitting fare.

This, though, is a story I have to share. All I’ll say is that Oscar is one amazing cat (link found via Yummy Yarn).

I’m [...]

There Is No Knitting Here

There are thoughts of knitting; plans and dreams and schemes of knitting – especially birthday gifts and baby clothes as I have discovered over the weekend that there are not one but two women in my complex due late this fall. Ah, sweet baby caps, bootees, and my poor, neglected Forest Canopy Shawl to which [...]